Mehdi Hassan Khan passed away today. He was a Pakistani ghazal singer and a former playback singer for Lollywood. He is famously known as the “King of ghazal”, and was highly regarded in the Pakistan film industry. He was honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government of Nepal.
Hassan, who had been suffering from a prolonged illness, was planning to visit India for treatment and wished to meet Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan, his son Asif had said in 2010.